Jan - Mar 2009
Volume 19 Number 1
Mardi Gras comes to Oak Cliff
Inspired and organized by Kings Hwy resident Amy Cowen
O n Sunday, February 22, Oak Cliff had
its ﬁrst Mardi Gras parade. It started
around Methodist Hospital at 4pm, work-
800 block of N Bishop Ave, complete with
tepee, chairs, and many revelers.
Already, plans are under consideration for
next year to include a Masquerade Ball the
night before the parade.
ing its way 1.2 miles south on North Bish- There were 38 ﬂoat entries, ranging from
op Avenue, ending up in the Bishop Arts families to neighborhood associations to a
District. Hip Hop Station to a woman-owned motor-
cycle supply company called Motoliberty. Content:
The woman behind the parade from its in- Other participants included Oak Cliff Earth
Cover: Mardi Gras 1
spiration to its clean-up was Kings Hwy. Day and the Old Oak Cliff Conservation
Oak Cliff Organizations 1
resident Amy Cowan League.
President’s Letter 2
At least 2,000 people ﬁlled the streets of At the end of the parade, The Cliff, a local
Environmental Group 4
the Bishop Arts District and about half blues band, entertained the crowd as the pa-
Notices & Announcements 5
that number aligned the streets along the rade wound its way through the shops and
Code Compliance 6
route. Keith Jasiecki threw a party at the restaurants of the District.
Oak Cliff Organizations
Volunteer Opportunities Quarterly Meeting Dates
Apr 23, 2009
T here are numerous organizations in
Oak Cliff that offer involvement and
volunteer opportunities. Some of these
currently 29 neighborhood associations
covering nearly 10,000 households within
the Oak Cliff area of Dallas, Texas.
Jul 23, 2009
Oct 22, 2009
organization are: The League is dedicated: 7pm
To preserve and enhance the Location: Kessler Methodist Church
Old Oak Cliff Conservation League architectural, historic, and cultural Turner & Colorado.
The League is a non-proﬁt 501(c)3 that heritage and natural resources of Old
functions as an umbrella organization for Please MARK your calendar
see volunteering pg 4
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W ith spring around the corner, we
turn our eyes to fresh beginnings.
OFFICERS & COMMITTEES The Kings Highway board met recently
to discuss our priorities for the coming
year and I wanted to take this opportu-
President Ed Meier nity to share those with you.
Vice-president Paul Zubiate
Secretary Lynn Hall Expand neighborhood participation
Treasurer Dan Guenther We have a vibrant group of neighbors
who regularly participate in social events, neighborhood
Newsletter Editor Lybo Buchanan volunteer days, and general meetings, and we hope to ex-
Webmaster Sara Mccutchen pand our participation to include new folks to the neighbor-
Event Coordinator Annmarie Winston hood as well as people who have lived here for awhile. We
have appointed a membership chair, Catherine Walker, who
Membership Coordinator Catherine Walker
has made it her mission to spread the word about our activi-
Technical Strategy Coordinator Ryan Hall
ties and ﬁnd new ways to get people plugged in. If you have
Historian Lybo Buchanan never attended a First Friday, I encourage you to join us at
OOCCL Rep Jennifer Zubiate our next event.
Crime Watch ............................................. Charles Soechting
contact...214.287.2783. Beautify Stone Park
email........firstname.lastname@example.org This neighborhood has spent so much time, money, and ef-
Code Coordinator .................................. Bill Miller fort to building a beautiful park on Edgeﬁeld just north of
contact...972.567.2144 Kings Highway. The park has been landscaped and is com-
plete with park benches and welcoming walkways. It’s a
perfect place for a spring afternoon with the family. We
need the community to pitch in to help keep Stone Park
Block Captains: beautiful. Over the course of the year, we will be organiz-
For contact information on who your block captain is, ing volunteer work days where we will invite folks to weed,
or if you are interested in becoming a block captain, plant, and clean up in the park. We cannot let this gem of
please call or email Charles Soechting at 214.946.3340 or a neighborhood gathering place fall apart after all the re-
email@example.com sources we have invested in it.
************************ Helping out neighbors in need
This publication is distributed throughout the Kings Highway Last year the board raised funds to help out a neighbor in
Conservation District at no cost to you. If you wish to make need of some repairs to her home. This year, we would like
a donation to assist with printing costs or reserve advertising to expand our efforts to help neighbors in our community
space, email firstname.lastname@example.org. All other subscriptions who cannot afford to make necessary repairs to their homes.
are $10.00 per year. (4 issues). As we raise money through our annual auction, we will con-
tribute a portion of these funds to this cause. And we plan
AD SPACE 4 ISSUES per YR not just to contribute funds to the effort but also our time and
energy to help make the home repairs. We will select homes
Full Page $400.00 1/4 Page- $100.00 based on need. If you have neighbors in mind who might
1/2 Page $200.00 Business Card $ 50.00 truly beneﬁt from a neighborhood gift, please let me know.
Deadline for the Chronicle: These initiatives cannot be accomplished alone by the board.
We need your enthusiastic participation to help make them
Qtr 2: 27 Mar 2009 (Fri) Qtr 4: 25 Sep 2009 (Fri) a reality. Please come to our annual fundraiser (tentatively
Qtr 3: 26 Jun 2009 (Fri) Qtr 1: 25 Dec 2009 (Fri) set for May 2nd) to help raise the necessary funds to carry
out our goals. Volunteer at the next Stone Park clean-up
Currently distributed day. Show up for a First Friday to meet your neighbors and
to more than 500 homes and businesses. meet all the awesome and caring neighbors in this vibrant
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Events and First Fridays
J anuary’s event was held on the 2nd at the home of Anthony
Klatt. He focused on some choice wines and a wonderful as-
sortment of cheeses. A good crowd this evening.
F ebruary 6 First Friday was hosted by Val Haskell and
Jenni Stolarski. Quite a few neighbors gathered for the
W elcome back Roger Vertrees & Tony Valenzuela. They moved
away from the neighborhood several years ago, and attended
February’s First Friday. They are pictured here with the folks who
bought their house, Cheryl & Mike Motta.
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A New Environmental Group
Forms in Oak Cliff
of Pet Ownership
by Amy Ward-Meier
A new “Green” Environmental Group has formed in the North Oak Cliff area through ogs and cats must be spayed,
the hard work and organization of the Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce, the City of neutered.
Dallas, and a few dedicated O.C. residents. The organization is made up of Green Leaders
from more than 25 different homeowners associations in Districts 1 and 3. Your current A combined total of 4 dogs and/or
KHCD representatives are Jenni Stolarski and Amy Ward-Meier. cats can live in a single-family dwell-
ing that shares a common wall with
So have you ever wondered what you can do to help preserve the environment? For start- another unit. Only 6 pets are allowed
ers the meeting touched on the beneﬁts of recycling. For example, did you know that if in a detached single-family home. Up
everyone in the U.S. recycled just 1/10 of their newsprint, we would save the estimated to eight are allowed in a single-fam-
equivalent of about 25 million trees a year! In the city of Dallas alone old newspapers ily home on property of a half-acre or
make up approximately 49% of the recycled material. So how can you recycle at home? more.
• First, request a Big Blue Roll Cart from the City of Dallas by calling the Sanita- All outdoor animals must be conﬁned
tion Department at 214-670-4475 or by contacting your KHCD Green Representatives at and restrained at all times in a fenced
email@example.com (Amy) and/or firstname.lastname@example.org (Jenni). Approximately half yard, in an enclosed pen or structure,
of Dallas household residents already have a blue cart, so call today. or on a leash held by hand. Dogs con-
ﬁned outdoors must have at least 150
• Next, combine and place square feet per animal, and must have
all your recyclable materials access to shelter that is adequate size
loose in the blue cart. There is no and structurally sound.
longer a need to separate or place
items in blue bags. To learn what Dogs deemed dangerous can be seized
is and what is not recyclable in and impounded.
Dallas check out www.greendal-
las.net/recycling.html. You can Unsupervised dogs can be tethered
contaminate a whole load when only for the length of time it takes
you include inappropriate items you to complete a temporary task,
or items that have not been thor- never more than 3 hours in a 24-hour
oughly cleaned of food debris. period.
volunteering continues from pg 1. For more information on registering
your pet, visit www.dallascityhall.
Oak Cliff through direct action and public education. com and click on Animal Services
or call Dallas Animal Services at
To support the neighborhoods of the League with assistance, grants, and training, and 214.670.682
to serve as an umbrella organization unifying the neighborhoods for greater advocacy
and representation with the City of Dallas.
To promote communication and cooperation between and
among organizations and community groups to increase their
effectiveness in addressing issues affecting Oak Cliff.
To promote Oak Cliff to the wider community as an
exceptional place to live.
Oak Cliff Earth Day
With its beginnings in April 2007, this group of dedicated
volunteers works all year to put on an annual festival promoting
the environment. The health of our planet depends on what we,
as a people, do. The 2008 Earth Day committee received the
Chamber of Commerce’s “Quality of Life Award”.
www.oakcliffearthday.com/ see volunteering pg 6
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Notices & Announcements
Do you have a plumber you
Want the Latest
really like or someone who
did a good job reﬁnishing Updates?
your hardwood ﬂoors?
Send your name and email address to
Sara McCutchen has put a email@example.com
list up on the Website letting
others know which service to get included on our distribution list.
providers are being recom- You will receive important
mended by your neighbors. neighborhood notices and invitations
to meetings and social events.
Please help her by
on who these people are. Your email address will not be rented, sold, or used
for solicitation purposes.
Email Sara at:
Know any Auction Oak Cliff Earth Day
New Neighbors? & potluck
come on out
19 April 2009
please inform our & help support
your neighborhood Lake Cliff Park
Welcome Coordinator . May 2
11am - 5pm
looking for volunteers
contact Catherine Walker Sweet 200
738 W. Davis contact Lenore Casmore
(214) 943-3724 6 - 9pm
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volunteering continues from pg 4.
Oak Cliff Community Gardens
Community gardens are green spaces that are communally
Ft Worth Avenue Development Group cultivated and cared for, provide a source of inexpensive, nutritious
The Fort Worth Avenue Development Group is a group of committed food and a rewarding personal experience.
volunteers from the neighboring community that are interested in
developing existing businesses and bringing new businesses and 1. They are almost universally organic.
residents to the West Commerce/Fort Worth Avenue corridor. 2. They often provide food for common dining.
3. They expose children to nature and to sources of food.
Mission: The purpose of the Fort Worth Avenue Development Group 4. They are therapeutic for most who work in the gardens.
is to improve the West Commerce/Fort Worth Avenue corridor and 5. They help create important biodiversity in the community.
maintain a high quality of life for the area’s residential neighbors, Community gardens create habitat support for insects
property owners and businesses. The group’s objectives are to: and birds.
6. They buffer urban noises and sounds.
-Inspire involvement 7. They are a source of sustainability.
-Promote public safety and environmental advocacy Jefferson Median Beautiﬁcation Project
-Develop and preserve natural green spaces The purpose of this group is to beautify the wide median along
-Foster relationships that promote the objectives of the group Jefferson, starting at the Hampton intersection and extending east
-www.fortworthavenue.org/ & west. The group will be planting trees, native grasses and other
greenery to enhance this broad median strip.
Friends of Oak Cliff Parks
Brings residents, neighborhood associations and businesses Twelve Hills
together to help restore, beautify and maintain Oak Cliff parks. As Twelve Hills Nature Center is an urban preserve located in the Oak
a group, Friends of Oak Cliff Parks will work to return our parks Cliff neighborhood of Dallas. It serves as an outdoor classroom
to their original luster. Your ﬁnancial support will help purchase and passive recreational area. It seeks to educate both adults
plant material and fund ongoing maintenance. You can volunteer and children about environmental stewardship and community-
to create ﬂower beds by planting ﬂowers, watering, and removing building through the grassroots creation and maintenance of a
weeds. native Texas blackland prairie and small wetland.
Volunteer or Donate Today by calling 214 670-1925
OUR MISSION: The mission of the Twelve Hills Nature Center is
Mission: To restore horticulture and beautiﬁcation to four historic to promote positive interaction between diverse community groups
parks: Kiest Park, Lake Cliff Park, Kidd Springs Park and Oak surrounding the nature center by facilitating and encouraging
Cliff Founders Park and parks throughout Oak Cliff. participation in the ecological stewardship of the land for the dual
http://friendsofoakcliffparks.org/ purposes of education and recreation.
Top 5 Code Violations
LITTER – Keep your lawn cleared and the property free of OBSTRUCTIONS – Keep streets, alleys, sidewalks and public
litter, including garbage, wood, bedding, auto parts and appli- grounds clear of obstructions, including tree branches, shrub-
ances. Maintain property from the curb to the middle of the bery and vines. Sidewalks must have a height clearance of 8
alley for the back property line if there is no alley. feet; streets and alleys must have 15 feet of overhead clearance.
HIGH GRASS/WEEDS – Keep your lawn mowed, clipped, BULK TRASH – Place large limbs, shrubbery, bagged leaves,
muched or cleared from the front curb to the middle of the alley furniture, appliances, mattresses and box springs, etc. for bulk
(or the back property line if there is no alley). trash pick-up at the curb no earlier than 7 a.m. on the Thursday
prior to the assigned collection week. Dirt, rock and concrete
JUNK MOTOR VEHICLES – An inoperative and/or partially will not be removed. Call 311 to ﬁnd out your assigned collec-
dismantled motor vehicle that has expired license tags or safety tion week.
stickers is considered a “junk motor vehicle” and must be stored
in a garage to avoid towing.
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Homes of Kings Way
A Premier Collection of Historic Rental Home Apartments
The Homes of Kings Way is a collection of beautiful, fully renovated Historic buildings
located in the North Oak Cliff area. From a selection of nine architecturally distinct
buildings, our units are full of charm and character. Each rental unit contains
all the ﬁnish out amenities only found in high end rental properties, such as......
hardwood ﬂoors, wood mouldings, ceramic tile ﬂooring, new appliances, alarm
systems, internet capabilities, gated parking and much more.
From a selection of over 18 different unit ﬂoor-plans ranging in size from
522 square feet to 1,092 square feet, your choices are abundant
Give us a call at 214-942-6311 or look us up on the web:
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KHCD Presort Std
US postage paid
P.O. Box 4566 Dallas, Tx
Dallas, Texas 75208 permit no. 1938
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